Long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) is a newly identified regulator of tumor formation and tumor progression. The function and expression of lncRNAs remain to be fully elucidated, but recent studies have begun to address their importance in human health and disease. The lncRNA, SRA, known as Steroid receptor activator, acts as an important modulator of gynecological cancer, and its expression may affect biological functions including proliferation, apoptosis, steroid formation and muscle developments. However, it is still not well known whether SRA is involved in the regulation of ovarian cancer. This study investigated the molecular function and association between SRA expression and clinicopathological factors. In ovarian cancer cell lines, SRA knockdown and overexpression regulated cell migration, proliferation, and invasion. Both in vivo and in vitro experiments using knockdown and overexpression showed that SRA potently regulated epithelial-mesenchymal transition and NOTCH pathway components. Further, clinical data confirmed that SRA was a significant predictor of overall survival and progression-free survival and patients with ovarian cancer exhibiting high expression of SRA exhibited higher recurrence rates than patients with low SRA expression. In conclusion, this study indicates that SRA has clinical significance as its expression can predict the prognosis of ovarian cancer patients. High expression of the lncRNA SRA is strongly correlated with recurrence-free survival of ovarian cancer patients.
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